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Grange Over Sands Weekend - December 2016

For our pre-Christmas break we returned to the Cumbria Grand Hotel. There were 24 of us there at various times over the weekend.

Saturday, 'A' walk led by Julian: We walked into Grange for supplies, then climbed up to Hampsfell, then north along the ridge to High Cark for lunch. After lunch, round through Bigland Hall (with its dire warnings about security mines if you strayed off the path!!), then along the Cumbria coastal way with lovely views over the River Leven estuary before cutting across to Cartmel, unfortunately not in time for a teashop as it was already getting dark. We arrived back at the hotel at the same time as the B party. 15 miles!! A bit more than estimated!

'B' walk led by Peter: We walked from the hotel up to the top of Hampsfell with its hospice and viewing platform, then on to Cartmel where some of us looked round the Priory church before having elevenses and walking to Cark for lunch. Then we walked via Flookburgh and Allithwaite to Abbot Hall for tea, and caught a bus from Kents Bank back to Grange. Total walking distance just over 9 miles.

In evening after another very good meal, we enjoyed a competitive game of Pictionary; who knows what the international space station looks like?

Sunday, 'A' walk: We took the train to Arnside, then proceeded up Arnside Knott with good views north into the Lake District. We then descended and walked around the seashore round Blackstone Point and Park Point with some interesting sightings of wading birds on the sands. We descended over Quaker's Stang and through the woods before walking through the grounds of Leighton Hall in time for the teashop at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve (I'd have been excommunicated if I'd missed that!!), before getting the train back to Grange. 11 miles.

'B' walk: We caught a train from Grange station to Arnside station, then walked up to the top of Arnside Knott for elevenses, continuing via Arnside Tower and Silverdale to Leighton Moss RSPB visitor centre for lunch. Then we followed the track alongside the railway line to Arnside for tea before catching a train back from Arnside station to Grange station. Total walking distance 9 miles.

Monday: Peter led five of us, walking from the hotel and part of the way up Hampsfell before turning right along Hampsfell ridge through Eggerslack Wood to Lindale for coffee, then via Low Meathop to a route parallel to the railway line, back to the hotel just before 2 pm. Total walking distance 5 miles.

Thank you to Peter for organising another enjoyable weekend, and to Julian and Peter for leading the walks. Thanks also to Colin for providing evening entertainment.

Julian, Chris B and Chris R.

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